Could Arsenal use Debuchy to sign Moussa Sissoko in January?

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko - could Mathieu Debuchy help them land him?

Arsenal were expected to strengthen their defence in the January transfer window, but it's becoming increasingly clear that a move to sign a central midfielder may be more important.

Injuries to Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere have left Arsenal exposed in the middle of the park, and fans already want Mathieu Flamini to be replaced.

The need for a physical presence in front of the back four has been a long-running one, but manager Arsene Wenger has so far resisted the temptation to buy one - despite summer links to Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho and former Gunner Alex Song from Barcelona.

However, reports over the weekend suggested that Wenger has now set his sights on signing Newcastle ace Moussa Sissoko - who was linked with a move to North London during his time in France with Toulouse.

The 25-year-old has been one of the shining lights for the Magpies this season, and possesses the perfect skillset to boost Arsenal's flagging midfield.

With drive, athleticism and energy, Sissoko would be a great addition, even if he'd come at the price of £15m - and they could also have a secret weapon in their pursuit of him.

Sissoko has played for France and Newcastle alongside Mathieu Debuchy, who of course joined Arsenal this summer from the Magpies.

The duo are believed to have a strong relationship from playing so many times together, and that could work in Arsenal's favour in a bid to sell a move to the club to Sissoko.

Newcastle may not want to sell one of their top players, but the situation could be similar to Debuchy in the summer, where they just can't refuse a deal - and the possibility of a reunion with Debuchy at the Emirates Stadium could be appealing to Sissoko.

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